CONCURRENT MULTI-LEVEL ARBITRATION
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-27
Arbitration is needed in every system having more than a single processor. Management of common resources (usually memory bus or commu- nication channel) can be centralized where "request" and "acknowledge" are sent to/from a supervisor, or can be managed in distributed form where arbitration logic is attached to each processor.